Indoor Gardening Containers – Choose the Right Pot for your Plant

Indoor gardening containers come in all shapes and sizes. There is something for each kind of plant and for every taste. But you need to know how to choose the best size pot for your needs.

When choosing indoor gardening containers, you have to consider a number of factors. These include:

  • Container size
  • Where you want to put the container
  • Design
  • Practicality

The Basics

Indoor Gardening Containers - Ceramic

There is one thing that is very important for all containers, the drain holes. Drain holes provides a place for excess water to drain and enter a saucer or tray under the pot. If you have a pot without a drain holes, you run the risk of your plants’ roots rotting.

If you buy a planter that doesn’t have a hole at the bottom, you can drill your own using a drilling machine.

Container Sizes for Indoor Gardening

The size of container that you choose will depend on the size of plant you want to put in it, as well as the number of plants you want to put in it.

Choose a container that is deep enough for the root system of the plant you’re going to put in. Cacti and succulents have shallow root systems and can be planted in a shallow pot. Tomatoes have a deeper root system and should be planted in a deeper pot.

As I said, cacti and succulents have shallow root systems, so the pot can also be shallow. If you want a cactus garden with a couple of cacti rather than just a single one, look for a wide, shallow pot. It’s perfect for going on a tabletop!

Container Design

Of course, having considered the size of the container, you’re going to want to get something you like and that fits well where you want to place it. It’s no good having a super-tall floor standing pot on a table-top, because you’ll never see the plants!

Don’t restrict yourself to purpose-built clay or plastic pots. All sorts of containers can serve as a place to grow your plants. Be careful with metal containers as they’ll affect the nutrient make-up of the soil. You may want to have an internal plastic pot inside the metal container.

Unglazed clay pots do have the benefit of being porous so that they “breath” and supply plants with additional air.


Will you need to move the container regularly? If so, you’ll probably want to look for something a bit lighter, such as a plastic pot rather than a ceramic container.

Cleaning Your Pots

If you’re reusing a container, you should clean it using a mixture of 10 parts water to one part bleach. This will ensure that diseases and mold do not stick to the pot and get transmitted to the new plant.

You can get pots at most supermarkets. Home and garden stores also sell containers and other indoor gardening supplies.